Sony Michel - RBPosted 6/12/19 11:17am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) missed some offseason workouts because he recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Michel may be eased into training camp but should be fine for the start of the regular season. He likely will receive most of the carries in the running game and can be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/6/19 9:19am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said 'I hope I can play that long,' when asked Thursday, June 6, is he still wants to play until he's 45.
Huddle Up: While the end result was another Lombardi Trophy, Brady slipped to 14th among fantasy quarterbacks last season with long-time top weapon Rob Gronkowski struggling last season, and now that Gronk's gone, regard the-soon-to-be 42-year-old Brady as a mid-level QB2 in fantasy drafts.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 6/6/19 9:30am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (unknown) has missed all three days of the team's minicamp this week with no explanation from the team. One beat reporter believes the team is simply managing the workload for Michel, who has had a history of knee issues dating back through his time at Georgia.
Huddle Up: Michel missed three games last season with knee problems but enjoyed a standout run through the postseason with 345 yards and six TDs in three games. James White, Rex Burkhead and rookie Damien Harris also are in the mix, but Michel is still regarded as a low-end RB2.
Damien Harris - RBPosted 6/4/19 4:54pm ET
New England Patriots rookie RB Damien Harris signed a four-year, $3.6 million contract Tuesday, June 4. The deal includes an $886,319 signing bonus. Harris, a third-round pick of the Patriots, was the last member of the team's rookie class to be signed.
Huddle Up: Harris had previously been reported to be in the mix for New England's No. 1 job out of the backfield. He'll need to be followed closely throughout the offseason to see how he's used alongside Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead.
Jacob Hollister - TEPosted 6/4/19 8:14pm ET
Seattle Seahawks TE Jacob Hollister is reportedly off to a strong start and has caught the eye of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who referred to his new pupil as a 'terrific acquisition.' 'The speed element is awesome. Really good route-runner. A lot like Tyler (Lockett) in terms of the instincts, just the ability to get open. He has a great feel for coverages, man to zone,' Schottenheimer said.
Huddle Up: Hollister flashed at times in New England, so it was surprising he wasn't worth more to the Patriots, who traded him right after the draft to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick. Seattle also has an unsettled situation at tight end, as Will Dissly is recovering from injury, while Ed Dickson and Nick Vannett have yet to distinguish themselves. Hollister could eventually work his way into the TE2 conversation for fantasy purposes, but he'll need a strong summer at the very least before that happens.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 6/3/19 1:34pm ET
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris are competing for lead-back duties with James White locked into his role and Rex Burkhead likely viewed as a jack-of-all-trades, change-of-pace runner, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Huddle Up: It doesn't come as a surprise Michel and Harris are the main candidates for the lead role, but Duffy appears to believe Harris will get a fair chance to win the job, although he admits both backs will get carries. Michel is the more talented back of the two, but Duffy points out he didn't do much in terms of explosive runs (four carries of 20-plus yards as a rookie) or in the passing game (seven catches), so there is potential - albeit slight - for Harris to find a niche if he shows well in camp.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/3/19 3:29pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reported to the team Monday, June 3, for the start of the mandatory minicamp this week.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 6/2/19 6:40pm ET
New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett 'seems like a logical fit' for the No. 3 receiver role in 2019, according to Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston.
Huddle Up: Dorsett possesses big-play speed, but he's never been able to translate his physical gifts into consistent production on the field. That being said, Julian Edelman is currently the only proven target among New England's receivers, so Dorsett would be worth a speculative add late in drafts if he secures a spot as a top-three receiver.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/26/19 10:47am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, 41, is the oldest player on a team that features a league-most 15 players at least 30 years old.
Huddle Up: Brady is still playing like a player in his prime, but fantasy-wise, he has slipped in recent seasons, finishing 14th or lower among fantasy QBs in two of the last three seasons. Now, one of his old reliables in TE Rob Gronkowski is gone. Value him as a mid-level QB2.
N'Keal Harry - WRPosted 5/26/19 10:24pm ET
New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry has lined up in multiple spots so far during organized team activities (OTAs), and head coach Bill Belichick has referred to the rookie as 'smart.'
Huddle Up: Harry is making a nice early impact, but again, it's still early. Still, the standout at Arizona State was a dominant downfield presence for QB Manny Wilkins, something the Patriots can certainly use. He is a late-round fantasy sleeper with some decent upside heading into 2019, as it will be interesting seeing what he can do with a future Hall of Famer throwing to him.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/25/19 11:19am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been working out with WRs Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brady is not participating in offseason workouts but is able to work with his newest receiver. Brady and Edelman will be weekly starting options in fantasy leagues in 2019, while Harry could be a No. 4 fantasy receiver that starts against favorable matchups.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 5/24/19 9:37am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel didn't participate in the team's OTA workouts Thursday, May 23, and one team beat writer says it's possible that the team is limiting Michel's offseason workload.
Huddle Up: Michel matched his 13-game regular-season TD total (six) in three playoff games as he enjoyed a strong postseason. Despite the addition of third-round RB Damien Harris, Michel should be drafted as a solid RB2.
Damien Harris - RBPosted 5/23/19 7:59pm ET
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris ran routes with the wide receivers during positional drills in OTAs Thursday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Good luck figuring out which New England back will have the most fantasy value on a weekly basis. Harris is worth a late-round flier, especially in PPR formats, but expect his production to be volatile.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 5/23/19 8:12pm ET
New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett worked with the first-team offense during positional drills in OTAs Thursday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Dorsett has a shot to secure a starting spot across from Julian Edelman, so he's a player worth keeping an eye on. If he breaks camp as a top-three receiver, he will be worth a flier in the later rounds.
N'Keal Harry - WRPosted 5/23/19 8:05pm ET
New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry worked with the second-team offense but 'looked more polished than expected' during OTAs Thursday, May 23, according to Andrew Callahan of MassLive.com.
Huddle Up: The battle for targets in New England's passing game looks wide open after Julian Edelman, so Harry could make a quick impact as a rookie. He's a late-round option with legitimate upside.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/21/19 7:54am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman received a two-year extension Tuesday, May 21. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Super Bowl MVP turns 33 Wednesday and receives a nice birthday gift. He had a 74-850-6 season in 12 games last season. In PPR leagues he is a very solid WR2 with some injury risk. His tendency to catch an abundance of short passes shines in PPR.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 5/7/19 10:00am ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is trying a new approach this offseason after missing 14 of 32 regular-season games the past two seasons. 'You learn from your experiences from the past, and also from some of the older guys,' Burkhead said Tuesday, May 7. 'Like Matthew Slater, he's been in it for awhile now and how he takes care of his body. There are things. I remember my rookie year, I think I took one week off and then I was right back in it, hard core lifting right after the season. You learn that is not the best way to go about it. Your body takes time to recover, mentally, physically and there's some little things you can pick up too, whether that is yoga or pilates, things like that just to make sure your body is in the best shape possible. When you make it far you really have to stay on top of that, especially here, you understand your body is your temple and it's your line of work.'
Huddle Up: Burkhead had a more productive postseason (141 total yards, three TDs in three games) than regular season (317 yards, one TD in eight games) last season, but the RB picture in New England has only grown cloudier this offseason with the selection of Alabama RB Damien Harris in the third round. And with Sony Michel and James White also in the mix, Burkhead is nothing more than a late-round flyer in drafts.
Damien Harris - RBPosted 5/5/19 9:11am ET
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris says the draft-day phone call he received from Bill Belichick immediately reminded of his former coach, Alabama's Nick Saban. 'The two-minute conversation I had with coach Belichick on the phone sounded very much like if I was on the phone with coach Saban,' Harris said recently. 'Everybody knows their relationship, everybody knows they're very similar in their demeanors, their coaching styles. They're both about business and winning.'
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but the competition for backfield touches in New England is more convoluted than ever with Harris, a third-round pick, joining vets Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead. There's always upside in the Pats' offense, but draft Harris as a late-round flyer at this point.
James White - RBPosted 5/2/19 9:16am ET
New England Patriots RB James White is focused on improving his game, he said Thursday, May 2. 'Even though you have some success, there's still plenty of mistakes that you make out there,' White said. 'So there's always room for improvement, always ways to get better, always more yards to get. So you get in with the coaches, see what you can improve and find ways to get better. Whether it's running better routes, having no drops or having better run reads, there's always a little bit of things you can improve on.'
Huddle Up: White is coming off a huge season, hitting career highs with 1,176 yards and 12 TDs and finishing seventh among fantasy backs in PPR formats. Second-year RB Sony Michel, though, figures to be healthier and the Pats did spend a third-round pick on Alabama's Damien Harris, so don't be surprised if White slips a bit and finishes as a low-end RB2.
Jarrett Stidham - QBPosted 4/27/19 10:41am ET
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham was selected by the New England Patriots with the 133rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Stidham likely will sit behind Tom Brady for a few seasons, so he will not be a factor in any standard leagues for a while.
N'Keal Harry - WRPosted 4/25/19 8:48pm ET
Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry was selected by the New England Patriots with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Harry likely will pick up some of the targets the team is losing with Rob Gronkowski retiring. The Patriots do not have a lot behind Julian Edelman, so Harry may receive a solid role in the passing game. He could be a late-round pick in standard leagues but will have more value in keeper leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/19/19 10:21am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady tied Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes with nine big-time throws on third-and-long situations in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Not too shabby for age 41, but on the flip side, Brady has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in only one of the last three seasons and should be valued as a high-end QB2 entering drafts this summer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/15/19 6:47am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not expected to report to offseason conditioning this week, but he's rumored to have bulked up this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brady was a solid QB1 last season, but the revolving door of parts around him have hindered his numbers. He's an upper-middle QB1 in fantasy this year.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/9/19 9:33am ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is drawing some interest from the San Francisco 49ers, a source said Tuesday, April 9.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we're talking fantasy kickers here, but, hey, it isone of fantasy's top kickers, and this potential move could have a domino effect with 49ers franchise-tagged PK Robbie Gould yet to sign his franchise tender and still rumored to be eyeing a return to Chicago.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/9/19 3:04pm ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) was re-signed to a two-year deal by the New England Patriots Tuesday, April 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Gostkowskis is a perennial No. 1 fantasy kicker for one of the top offenses in the NFL. That status won't change even at 35 years old.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/2/19 9:07am ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski and his negotiations with the New England Patriots are quiet at the moment, a source said Tuesday, April 2. Money is an issue between the two sides, the source added, but there is still ample time to get a deal done.
Huddle Up: Despite reports of outside interest, look for Gostkowski to return for a 14th season in New England. He's ranked in the top 10 in scoring in all but two of his first 13 seasons, and he'll remain one of the first fantasy kickers to go off the board as long as he has a Patriot decal on his helmet.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 3/29/19 3:12pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady appears likely to skip the voluntary workouts this offseason like he did last year.
Huddle Up: Brady has lost some pass catchers this offseason but still has a solid group of receivers to work with next season. He can still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most leagues in 2019.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/24/19 3:06pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL Sunday, March 24.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have lost Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen this offseason, so they probably will be looking for a tight end early in the 2019 NFL Draft. None of the other tight ends on the Patriots roster have a lot of fantasy value.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/21/19 3:54pm ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is making progress in contract talks with the New England Patriots. Gostkowski has also received interest from other teams.
Huddle Up: Gostkowski struggled at times this past season but still can be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 3/13/19 6:47pm ET
Free-agent WR Phillip Dorsett (Patriots) agreed to terms a new one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Dorsett could receive a bigger role in the passing game depending on if the team is able to re-sign Chris Hogan. He posted 290 yards and three touchdowns this past season but could be a late-round option in deeper leagues depending on his role.
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